Cultural Affairs Commission

The Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland.

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Feb 18, 2022

Cultural Strategists In Government Cohort Announced, Applications Still Accepted Through February 28

Following a call for qualifications in November, the Cultural Strategists-in-Government (CSIG) Program has announced the initial cohort of artists and cultural practitioners who will bring new perspectives and creative thinking to help City staff address some of Oakland’s greatest problems together with the City’s diverse communities. Four Strategists have been selected, and the application deadline for six additional project slots has been extended to Monday, February 28, at 5 p.m.

Nov 15, 2021

Cultural Strategists Sought for City Government Projects

The Oakland Fund for Public Innovation, in partnership with the City of Oakland, invites qualified Oakland cultural practitioners to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a new round of the Cultural Strategists-in-Government Program.

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Calendar of Meetings

Cultural Affairs Commission - 2022 Meeting Calendar

February 14, 2022 4:30-7:30 PM

March 28, 2022 4:30-7:30 PM

May 23, 2022 4:30-7:30 PM

July 25, 2022 4:30-7:30 PM

September 19, 2022 4:30-7:30 PM

November 28, 2022 4:30-7:30 PM

Pursuant to California Government Code section 54953(e), the Cultural Affairs Commissioners, as well as City staff, will participate via phone/video conference, and no physical teleconference locations are required.


There are two opportunities to make a comment during meetings -Public Comment and Open Forum.

How to Make a Comment:

There are three ways to submit public comments.

• eComment. To send your comment directly to Cultural Affairs Commission staff BEFORE the meeting via email NBalram@oaklandca.gov

• To comment by Zoom video conference, click the “Raise Your Hand” button to request to speak when Public Comment is being taken. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, allowed to comment, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Instructions on how to “Raise Your Hand” is available at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205566129 - Raise-Hand-In-Webinar.

• To comment by phone, please call on one of the above listed phone numbers. You will be prompted to “Raise Your Hand” by pressing “*9” to speak when Public Comment is taken. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, allowed to comment, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Please unmute your self by pressing *6. If you have any questions, please email Neha Balram, Program Analyst for the Cultural Affairs Commission at NBalram@oaklandca.gov.

* Due to Alameda County’s Shelter-In-Place Order, in-person meetings are currently suspended. We are monitoring the Orders and will update this web page when in-person meetings are allowed to resume. In the meantime, all of the Cultural Affairs Commission's public meetings will be held via Zoom. The Agenda Packet and Zoom information will be provided on the Friday preceding the meeting.

About

The Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland. The Commission acts as ambassadors and advocates for arts and culture in the city.

Membership: 11 commissioners; 10 regular appointments and 1 appointment selected from the Public Art Advisory Committee

No person shall be appointed to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Time Commitment: Significant time commitment anticipated for both meeting preparation and attendance. Regular meetings in 2022 will be held in February, March, May, July, September, and November at 4:30 - 7:30 PM. Additional "Special Meetings" may be called and members are expected to participate on an ad hoc team. Note: Commissioners are unpaid volunteers.

Current Members

Diane Sanchez (Chair)

Michelle Mush Lee (Vice Chair)

Roy Chan

Kev Choice

Jennifer Easton

J. K. Fowler

Arnell Pleasants

Shannon Price

Vanessa Whang

Theo Aytchan Williams


Please email Neha Balram at nbalram@oaklandca.gov with questions

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